Building a tiny house village in California near Tecopa Hot Springs, USA


United States

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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    My name is Erik and I am the founder of a non-profit organization founded with the purpose of teaching and researching sustainable living practices.
    I am an engineer and an Earth-architect, a graduate and former faculty of Nader Khalili’s CalEarth Institute. I was the first person to fully design and get permitted a Superadobe-Earthship structure in a major US city (Las Vegas) back in 2014.
    In 2016 we have purchased 2.5 acres of land in the California Mojave Desert and since that we have been working hard to create Gaia’s first campus. Since this project is operating on a shoestring budget, we are in constant need of the helping hands of sustainability-minded people. We have made great progress but still far from our goals.
    If you join us, you will be able to learn hands-on about the following topics:
    - Sustainable carpentry
    - Permaculture
    - Structural design
    - Solar electricity and hot water production.
    - Starplate mini-homes (single frequency geodesic domes)
    - Composting
    - Underground greenhouses
    - Superadobe building (later stage)
    - Alternative and natural cooling methods
    We are 100% off the grid we have solar power, gravity-fed pressurized water, all the tools and materials necessary for the construction work. If you are compelled to do so come visit us in the California Mojave Desert near the beautiful Tecopa Hot Springs, the world famous Red Rock Canyon climbing area, and Las Vegas.
    If you like it here and a rent/bills/food expense free living is appealing to you, you can become a permanent member of the egalitarian community that owns and operates this educational facility.
    We are looking forward to meeting you in person whether you want to come for a week, or you want to share this beautiful piece of the desert with us as a part of our community.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn heaps about repurposing, reusing, sustainable carpentry, and creative reusing of stuff. Starplate/geodesic dome building, Superadobe building, and more specifically about a brand new form of superadobe vault building is a bit down the road but we will discuss principles and our master plan of superadobe bag vaults. Also you can try your hands in permaculture design and implementation. If you know what you are doing you can take complete control over your part of the project, and have room for experimenting.

  • Help


    We are building the structures for the purpose described in the about us section. We are experimenting with proven and newly designed building methods within the realm of superadobe building. We need a lot of help not just in the actual building but also in establishing our permaculture food production, solar energy production systems, and with our online presence and promotions.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Hungarian: Fluent
    German: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    For now, bring your own tent and gear. If necessary we can provide tents, and sleeping bags but please let us know if you need it.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Update 10/23/2020

    Our current projects:
    - Structural work on star plate (single frequency geodesic domes) tiny homes
    - Interior finish work
    - Kitchen cabinets
    - Rocket Mass Heaters
    -Solar panel array support structures


    As for entertainment, for the nature lover in you we have Tecopa Hot Springs thirty minutes from us also Red Rock for great climbing is closeby, and for the artist or the wild party animal we're less than an hour from Vegas

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a functional and reliable WiFi connection from a 4G LTE service

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    So far we had so much fun creating that we have ended up working more than I thought we would. However to avoid burn out we always take at least a day off every week.

First camp shortly after arrival
Emma from Sweden first biked from Sweeden to Cape Horn then visited us in the Mojave Desert
Raul the Cuban is a permanent fixture of this part of the desert.
Diego, who was there where the whole story started and helped to build the first starplate building, "Diego's Dome"
Ayrton was instrumental to the expansion of the solar power production
Alaina and Tatiana who helped building the water tower
The view of the water towers from "Sierra's Dome"
Our night view on 7/30/2020
Sheldon from the Dine Nation, and Tim from Park City helped to build the second dome dubbed as "Sheldon and Tim's Dome"
Diego's Dome and the frames of Sheldon and Tim's Dome, and Devonte's Dome
Florent came all the way from France to help us in the very early stages of this project. He and Diego have built the lifting jacks for the movable forms of the Superadobe vaults.

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